An essential guide for practitioners on avoiding unethical situations in a fraud investigation—provides tips, techniques, and real-life examples Credentialed accountants, auditors, and fraud examiners who fail to identify fraud and misconduct may be in violation of their professional standards. Among these standards are requirements to exercise professional and moral judgment, act in the best interest of the public, maintain integrity, objectivity, and independence, render opinions based on evidence and documentation, and exercise due care in planning and discharging professional activities. Failing to adhere to professional standards and ethical codes have serious consequences for CPAs, CFEs, and CIAs engaged in fraud investigations. Fraud helps readers avoid unethical situations in fraud investigations and stay within the boundaries of professional guidelines and standards. Author Jeffrey Matthews combines real-world techniques and practical advice with personal insights from his experience as a forensic accountant. Detailing how he faced death threats, retaliation, and family hardships during actual fraud investigations, the author shares how despite serious challenges, he never deviated from professional standards. The author demonstrates how accountants can avoid being caught in unethical practices and examines the common tendencies that hinder the ability to detect, deter, and prevent fraud and misconduct. This fascinating, highly-relevant book will help practitioners: Recognize current and emerging trends to identify new areas of weakness Address time and budget constraints with effective delegation and supervision of lower-level staff Maintain a healthy dose of skepticism by ‘testing not accepting’ Understand the effort and expertise required to perform an investigation before accepting engagements Avoid establishing biases and pre-determining outcomes before accepting assignments A full-featured resource, complete with PowerPoint slides and a test bank, Fraud is invaluable for auditors, accountants, and other certified fraud examiners.
Whether you are a financial statement preparer or auditor, it is critical to understand the complexities of the specialized accounting and regulatory requirements for investment companies. Your industry standard resource, this 2019 edition supports practitioners in a constantly changing industry landscape. Packed with continuous regulatory developments, this guide covers: Authoritative how-to accounting and auditing advice, including implementation guidance and illustrative financial statements and disclosures; Details on the changes to illustrated financial statements and disclosures resulting from guidance that was recently-issued or became recently effective (for example, SEC's release, «Disclosure Update and Simplification»); 2019 updates include:References to appropriate AICPA Technical Questions and Answers that address when to apply the liquidation basis of accounting and appendices discussing the new standard for financial instruments, common or collective trusts and business development companies. Finally, this guide features a schedule of changes which identifies where to find updated content and the associated reasons for the changes.
Considered the industry's standard resource, this guide helps accountants and financial managers understand the complexities of the specialized accounting and regulatory requirements of the health care industry. Updated for 2018, this edition has been prepared and reviewed by industry experts and provides hands-on, practical guidance for those who work in and with health care entities. A critical resource for auditors, this edition includes new accounting standards and relevant GASB and FASB updates (including those related to private companies). Updates include: FASB ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) FASB ASU No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments – Overall (Subtopic 825-10) Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities FASB ASU No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities SAS No. 133, Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents GASB Statement No. 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (and Certain Issues Related to OPEB Plan Reporting) GASB No. 83, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations
Grasp the fundamentals of real estate accounting, finance, and investments Real Estate Accounting Made Easy is just that—an accessible beginner’s guide for anyone who needs to get up to speed on the field of real estate accounting, finance, and investments. Beginning with the elementary aspects of real estate to ensure that you’re comfortable with the subject matter, it goes on to explore more in-depth topics in a way that’s easy to digest. The book begins with discussions on introduction to the real estate industry and basic real estate accounting. Building on knowledge from the initial chapters, the book goes on to cover the different form of real estate organizations, financial statements such as the balance sheet, income statement, shareholders equity and the statement cash flow, and more. • Provides theories and practices of real estate from an accounting, financial, and investments perspective • Advanced transactions are discussed in an easy-to-understand manner • Content reflects the FASB’s new standards on revenue recognition and lease accounting • Accounting for operating property expenses, operating expenses reconciliation and recoveries, lease incentives and tenant improvements, budgeting, variance analysis are discussed in detail • Covers types of financing for real estate acquisitions, accounting for real estate investments, project development costs, and real estate brokerage • The book also walks you through the financial audit process If real estate is a new territory for you, fear not! This book helps new auditors, accounting, finance, and investment professionals, and users of financial reports understand the fundamentals of the financial aspect of the real estate business.
The financial services industry is undergoing significant change. This has added challenges for institutions assessing their operations and internal controls for regulatory considerations. Updated for 2019, this industry standard resource offers comprehensive, reliable accounting implementation guidance for preparers. It offers clear and practical guidance of audit and accounting issues, and in-depth coverage of audit considerations, including controls, fraud, risk assessment, and planning and execution of the audit. Topics covered include: Transfers and servicing; Troubled debt restructurings; Financing receivables and the allowance for loan losses; and, Fair value accounting This guide also provides direction for institutions assessing their operations and internal controls for regulatory considerations as well as discussions on existing regulatory reporting matters. The financial services industry is undergoing significant change. This has added challenges for institutions assessing their operations and internal controls for regulatory considerations. Updated for 2019, this industry standard resource offers comprehensive, reliable accounting implementation guidance for preparers. It offers clear and practical guidance of audit and accounting issues, and in-depth coverage of audit considerations, including controls, fraud, risk assessment, and planning and execution of the audit. Topics covered include: Transfers and servicing; Troubled debt restructurings; Financing receivables and the allowance for loan losses; and, Fair value accounting This guide also provides direction for institutions assessing their operations and internal controls for regulatory considerations as well as discussions on existing regulatory reporting matters.
The thousands of mergers, acquisitions, and start-ups that have characterized the past ten years of business have created an increasing number of corporations in financial trouble: specifically, a shortage of venture capital or quick cash. Consequently, bankruptcy protection is now viewed as a strategic move to protect corporations from their creditors and allow them to reorganize. Bankruptcy and Insolvency Taxation, Third Edition provides the answers to the questions financial managers will have on the tax aspects of the «bankruptcy strategy.»
Strategic Business Tax Planning, Second Edition is the definitive handbook on business tax planning, skipping the unnecessary and minute taxation details and focusing instead on the big picture in taxes. Organized around business processes, this reader-friendly guide shows you how to optimally put tax management principles to work in your business.
America's most trusted tax advice, backed by detailed citations of authoritative tax references J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax Professional Edition 2018 is the tax preparer's guide to smart tax filing and planning. The Professional Edition not only includes the trusted guidance, clear advice, and money-saving tips featured in Your Income Tax, but also provides citations of tax authorities to help tax professionals easily locate the law, IRS rulings and court decisions that support the text. Fully up to date with the newest changes for 2017 tax returns, expert guidance from J.K. Lasser helps you maximize deductions and shelter income while providing hundreds of examples of how tax laws apply to individual situations. While evolving tax law can get very complex very quickly, this invaluable guide is designed to help you find the answers you need without wading through volumes of the Internal Revenue Code or IRS materials. Special icons call out new laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, filing pointers and planning strategies, allowing you to locate important information without breaking your workflow. Keeping up with changes to tax law is itself a full-time job—if it's not your full-time job, let the experts at J.K. Lasser do the legwork for you! Read from beginning to end or dip in and out as needed—this exceptional resource will help you: Get expert answers to tough tax situations quickly Navigate new laws, court decisions, IRS rulings, and more Locate authoritative sources easily with citations of references from the Code, the courts and the IRS. Avoid common pitfalls and adopt smart planning strategies for next year Accessible, down-to-earth tax advice is always appreciated, but professional tax preparers need more—such as authoritative sources to back their advice and clarify tricky situations that their clients may encounter. J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax Professional Edition 2018 provides a quick one-stop resource for every tax pro, merging detailed citations with America's most trusted tax advice for over 65 years.